Table 3

Socio-demographic and professional characteristics of participating general practitioners (GPs) and general practitioner trainees (GPTs)
Characteristics of participants GPs, N = 62 GPTs, N = 501
Gender, female N (%) 28 (45%) 36 (72%)
Age, mean (range) 48 (33-60) 31 (26–47)
Years of experience as a GP, mean (range) 17 (1–34) n.a.2
Group or single-handed (vocational) practice
- group practice, N (%) 24 (39%) 16 (32%)
- duo practice, N (%) 23 (37%) 20 (40%)
- single-handed practice, (%) 15 (24%) 14 (28%)
(Vocational) practice location area urban or rural
- urban, N (%) 22 (36%) 26 (52%)
Working or attending vocational training part-time or full-time3
- part-time, N (%) 32(52%) 11 (22%)
Vocational GP trainers, N (%) 17 (27%) n.a.
Courses in palliative care attended by GP during the previous two years, N (%) 31(50%) n.a.
Specific experience of GPT in palliative care at baseline, N (%) n.a. 16 (32%)
GP estimate of number of palliative care patients in the practice who died during the previous year, mean (range)4 8 (1–40) n.a.
GPT estimate of number of palliative care patients for whom GPT provided palliative care during the first year of vocational training, mean (range) n.a. 2 (0–5)

1 four GPTs did not complete their form (holiday 2x and unknown reason 2x); 2 n.a. = not applicable; 3 full-time = 90-100%; 4 one GP answered ‘don’t know’.

Slort et al.

Slort et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:9   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-9

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